A new look and apartment building for Echo Park Avenue [updated]

New neighbor on Echo Park Avenue | Killefer Flammang Architects

ECHO PARK — A 35-unit apartment building with ground-floor shops is planned to be constructed in the 1500 block of Echo Park Avenue, the most recent of several large residential projects that have been built or are in the works for the neighborhood.

The three-story project by MWest Holdings would serve as a contemporary version of its next door neighbor, the four-story, 44-unit  red-brick Del Mor Apartments building, which was constructed during the 1920s. The new project, which would replace a parking lot and metal shed most recently occupied by Blue Collar pet supply, would include 50 studio- and one-bedroom apartments, 2,400 square feet of commercial retail space and parking for 90 vehicles, according to a statement issued by MWest. The firm purchased the site and the adjacent Del Mor apartment building, now known as the Del Mor Lofts, nearly three years ago for $9.275 million.

“For the new building which is adjacent to the Del Mor Lofts, we went as far as echoing the brick clad and curve of the existing retail, creating a beautiful look that speaks to the existing façade,” according MWest representatives. ” We are also adding significant parking for nearly 90 cars versus the 16 available now on the surface lot.”

The company said that the project’s size and height falls within  zoning regulations and do not require any variances from the city. However, representatives for the developer have been meeting with neighborhood groups, Council District 13 and others to brief them on the project.  The Echo Park Improvement Association, for example,  expressed support for the project but also encouraged the company to find ways to allow the existing tenants of the Del Mor to use the parking spaces in the new project during evening hours.

The firm said it will be many months before it breaks ground as it finalizes its plans.

The MWest project sits one block south from where a 36-unit condo project was completed in 2013. Meanwhile, a few blocks west, a 70-unit apartment building has been proposed for Glendale Boulevard and Aaron Street. On Sunset Boulevard, a four-story building is in the works on a vacant lot near Alvarado Street while, further east, a 27-unit building is under construction on Sunset and Innes Street and a much larger, 214-unit residential complex has been proposed for Sunset near Marion Street.

Update: A previous version of this story said the new building would have 50 apartments based on information provided by the developer’s architects. That figure was wrong. The correct number is 35 apartments.

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